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Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

By river is one of the best ways to explore Myanmar, with an enticing range of options guiding you to the remote corners of this beautiful country.

Myanmar is home to one of Asia's great rivers, the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady), which begins in the north of the country and flows south for more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi) past many of the Myanmar's most celebrated destinations. During the British colonial era the Irrawaddy was the principle route for transport between the capital of Rangoon (Yangon) and the north, giving rise to Kipling's reference to the river as "the road to Mandalay".

Longer cruising options of varying lengths are available in a wide variety of ship styles to suit a range of budgets, though the majority link Mandalay with Yangon in the south or Bhamo in the north.

In recent years a selection of new, purpose-built ships have been launched on the Irrawaddy to cater for the luxury end of the market, including The Strand cruise and the Sanctuary Ananda ship. Other popular options include the delightful RV Pandaw ships and the well-regarded Belmond Road to Mandalay cruise. For more details on cruising dates and costs please contact us.

Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

located in Mandalay

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • If you are keen to explore the remoter corners of the world, our Untouched Myanmar (Burma) trip is for you.

    Untouched Myanmar

    Combining a number of the country's most iconic destinations with the dramatic landscapes of Eastern and Central Myanmar (Burma), this is a trip for the travel connoisseur seeking experiences far from the usual tourist trail.

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    If you are keen to explore the remoter corners of the world, our Untouched Myanmar (Burma) trip is for you.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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  • Overnight cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    Overnight cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    For a few glorious days travelling on the mighty Irrawaddy River, why not join a cruise linking the must-see destinations of Bagan and Mandalay?

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  • Day Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    Day Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    A sedate downriver cruise to take you from Mandalay to Bagan.

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  • The boat to Twante

    The boat to Twante

    For an alternative view of life in and around Myanmar's biggest city, board a riverboat for a short cruise to the small market town of Twante.

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